Courting Mae West

The play "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship & Secrets" is based on true events during the 1920s when actress MAE WEST was arrested and jailed in New York City for trying to stage two gay plays on Broadway. Maybe she broke the law - - but the LAW couldn't break HER!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mae West: Be There on August 12th

It is the 120th birthday of MAE WEST. Come celebrate with us next month.
• • Save the Date: Monday, August 12th • •

• • Monday, 12 August 2013 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and this entertaining and informative afternoon affair will start at 4:00 pm in Greenwich Village.  Again this year Mae-mavens will enjoy an indoor event, a multi-media presentation with music, and attendees will be seated.
• • Where: The Auditorium of Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy Street, New York, NY 10014; Tel. (212) 243-6876. Please note: this spacious room is on the lower level and the building is not accessible to wheelchairs.
• • When: Monday, 12 August 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm. Attendees can select a seat starting at 3:45pm [open seating]. 
• • Who: Actress Darlene Violette reads from the novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West and published [NY: The Macauley Company] in 1932. Ms. Violette, clad in period costume, will also reprise songs performed by Mae in "She Done Him Wrong" [Paramount Pictures, 1933]. Stage veteran and award-winning cabaret artist Sidney Myer brings to life the men in the life of Diamond Lil and performs a classic, "The Bowery," by Charles H. Hoyt and Percy Gaunt. Historian and playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo leads an "Armchair Tour" through the boisterous Bowery and Chinatown during the 1890s.
• • Music: Brian McInnis provides delightful live musical accompaniment.
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle will offer rare prizes once again to a number of lucky attendees. The public is invited.
• • Admission: free. Raffle tickets are always free.
• • RSVP: 212-243-6876 [Hudson Branch Library's phone number].
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Christopher St. or West Fourth St.; or take the M7 bus.
• • Closest PATH station: Christopher St.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "In my long and colorful career, one thing stands out. I have been misunderstood."
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era.
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• • Photo: Mae West
• • her 1932 novel • •
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